arcana imperii :: the book of j


these are the times

«these are the times that try men's souls. [...] tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. what we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.»

~thomas paine, the american crisis, 1776